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#839 of 903 Used '04 RX8
Aug 16, 2005 (5:22 am)
I was checking out the '05 RX8. The Shinka is very nice. I also saw a used '04 on the lot. Grand Touring package w/ navagation / 7,400 miles / excellent condition. They had it listed for $25k. What do you guys thing about the price? Blue book lists it for $25,500.
#840 of 903 Re: Used '04 RX8 [nikko]
Aug 16, 2005 (7:01 am)
With discount and rebates my 05 8 w/GT and NAV was under $29k - and that is for a new, 0 mile car.
$25k sounds too high to me for a used car. lhess posted a while back where there are/were 3 new 04s w/GT and NAV that could be had for $4k or so under invoice - that would put you around $26k (if they still have them).
#841 of 903 Re: Used '04 RX8 [dwynne]
Aug 31, 2005 (3:44 pm)
Anyone that can help,
I'm very interested in buying a 2005 RX-8.... how far under invoice are dealers going in your areas... Please list area and bottom line price for vehicle before factory discounts. I live in Pittsburgh, PA area and have been given invoice +200(costco pricing).
Thanks in advance,
#842 of 903 The Deal is Done!
Sep 04, 2005 (3:51 am)
Well folks, did it today! RX-8 AT Sports Pkg, Nordic Green Mica, 6 miles on the odometer before we test drove it, and all the plastic sheets on the exterior and interior.
It was a deal blessed by the Internet. Mazda USA online inventory appeared over the last few weeks to have been fairly accurate, but I still had doubts about trusting it.
The pleasant surprise that the Mazda online inventory showing the RX-8 AT Sports Pkg. was spot on, was coupled with the even more pleasant surprise that Nordic Green Mica is a stupendous color. Nordic Green Mica, looks almost black in the shade but turns a rich incredible green with hints of purple, in direct sun.
Lastly, during the deal negotiations, which were very simple and straight forward, it was Edmunds.com that finally fixed the deal. Essentially, it was agreed that the Edmunds.com TMV price was fair.
#843 of 903 trispec....congrats on the new ride....
Sep 05, 2005 (7:31 am)
you'll love it. They are not making the nordic next year, coupled with the fact that I have seen very very few of that color, makes yours pretty unique. I have a yellow one and I like that about it!! Drive safely!!
#844 of 903 Re: trispec....congrats on the new ride.... [lhess]
Sep 07, 2005 (7:04 pm)
Yep. Nordic Green Mica is the closest to the Shinka purple type color, but I like green as a color better than purple.
Picked her up this evening. Her name is Arwen Evenstar. The RX-8 AT sports pkg. is perfect for the Boston traffic reality, literally skipping directly to the gear it needs for performance and efficiency. I'm not into the manually shifting, since first and second would be all one needs in Boston. The four speed AT appears to get into overdrive at 35mph, often directly from 2nd gear skipping over 3rd. I'm thinking my gas millage is going to just fine.
Anybody driven the 6 speed AT in the Mazda 6 yet. does it skip several gears regularly in urban traffic?
I'm keeping rpm under 4K for the first 500 miles. Hard stops and acceleration are also avoided, but then stopping on a dime and zooming 0 to 25 from the stop lights is barely using this beauty.
Love the head room. As a 6' 1" 220 dude, I don't feel packed in too tight, just nice and snug for the turns.
#845 of 903 anybody test drive Manual and Automatic??
Sep 07, 2005 (8:07 pm)
I own a 6spd manual -Pearl White RX8- with GT package and a few extras. I have all options/upgrades except leather.
I know manuals usually out perform most automatics, and the Rx8 manual has about 40 more horses under the hood.
My first question is... Is there a huge difference in performance between The AT and MT, or is it slight?
The reason I am asking is people have asked me about the difference between the two options in trannies. I have mostly driven stick--so my opinion is obviously biased. Some co-workers want to know if the AT has, at least, decent performance. Is it quick off the line?
---Can it achieve 0-60 in under 7? -Or is it too sluggish?
People getting onto fast moving expressways/highways like to know that. At least my questioners do.
Is the gas mileage the same --or better than the manual?.
I have always gotten better gas mileage in manuals.
I know this is about buying experience--but I have three Rx8 admirers who like manual--but would rather have an automatic because that is their preference. Anybody test drive both?? This would aid their possible experience."
#846 of 903 Re: anybody test drive Manual and Automatic?? [secondcity]
Sep 08, 2005 (3:15 am)
Just got my RX-8 AT, but I was a total stick man for decades, until the Boston traffic reality beat my clutch knee and ankle into total submission. Once switching to driving AT cars I had a fundamental shift (no pun) in my thinking, see below.
Don't let the lower RX-8 AT 197 HP number fool you. There's MORE torq, in the AT, cause Mazda used their torq converter lowered the HP. I can tell you, even without full throttle, my tires are chirping and the Lim Slip Dif is definitely working in my RX-8 AT. Accelarating out of a curve has the DSC kicking in even on dry pavement. The auto tranny is lightening fast, going between gears way faster than a human could do it. The AT is going to get you better gas millage in the city because it gets inito over drive (4th) the very second that performance is not needed. Highway millage, is probably going to be better with the sticks.
But, if you want to shift so that you keep the RPMs in the 4K-7K power band, just use the paddle shifters. You can simulate smooth shifting by letting off the gas the instant you paddle shift. You can easily maximize the torq for 0-60 or more importantly 50-80 for passing.
My comments on auto trannies vs sticks after decades of driving both.
First, urban stop and go traffic is NOT the place for sticking it, because the energy, concentration and coordination to properly shift gears, can't always be maintained, especially when the driver is tired or dealling with the maters of life in hour long commutes.
Second, urban traffic demands, that you get it in gear each time perfectly, over literally thousands of shifts without stalls or missed gears, otherwise the guy behind your is going to be on the horn, throwing profanities, or up butt with a bumper.
Third, stomping on the gas with an AT vs clutching, will in most cases, get a car going quicker from the first 0-25mph.
Fourth, humans are not machines of perfections at all times. Shifting, when not for fun, is just a machine action.
#847 of 903 Re: anybody test drive Manual and Automatic?? [trispec]
Sep 09, 2005 (3:06 pm)
I appreciate your response--I love stick and i am glad I made that choice--but in stop and go traffic in downtown Chicago-it can be a pain in the...
I'm glad to hear that the RX8 AT has good acceleration too.
A few co-workers of mine want an auto sports car/with looks and roominess/ as well as some performance to it.
Most, if not all, of the performance car magazines have only dealt with the Rx8 manual transmission-not the AT.
Thanks again for your response. I guess its up to these people to test drive both the AT and MT and choose which transmission fits their driving expectations.
#848 of 903 Re: anybody test drive Manual and Automatic?? [secondcity]
Sep 09, 2005 (3:18 pm)
It has been posted here previously, but I thought I would remind you the 06 RX-8 w/AT is SUPPOSED to come with a little more power (still less than the 6mt car) and a new 6 speed auto tranny.
So if you wanted to get an auto RX-9, I think I would wait for an 06.....